Health Information Technology

Division: Health Science

Division Dean

Rebecca R. Gomez

Faculty

Jennie Larez
Patti Spitler

Counselors

Kelly Carter
Denise Vo
Doreen Villaseñor

HI 080 C Selected Topics 0.5-8 Units

Term hours: Variable hours lecture and variable hours laboratory per week. This course is designed to meet the health information technology student's need for current topics and issues, updated information in health care review of specialized subject matter and/or preparation for health information related certification exams. Content will emphasize clinical application of theoretical principles in the discipline. Computer software, videotapes, resource materials, instructor assessment of individual student knowledge and skills will be utilized. Variable Unit Class. May be taken for credit 4 times. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

HI 100 C Trends in Health Care Delivery 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Health Information Technology Program.

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course investigates how and where health care is delivered in the United States and examines different health care practitioners and professional healthcare associations, the role of federal, state and local governments in health care, and the impact of managed care organizations. How consumers pay for health care as well as how health care providers receive reimbursement for services are discussed. The principles of customer focused health care are discussed. Current issues affecting the delivery of health care are emphasized. The course is recommended for students interested in health care or preparing for careers in health care. (CSU)

HI 101 C Health Information Management 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CIS 111 C with a grade of C or better and acceptance in the Health Information Technology Program.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course investigates the content, use and structure of health care data and data sets and how these components relate to primary and secondary health information systems across the healthcare delivery system. Emphasis is on medical record documentation requirements pursuant to federal/state regulations and voluntary accrediting body standards. Discussions will focus on regulatory issues, documentation requirements, quality and utilization management, risk management and the role of the HIM professional in healthcare delivery. Laboratory activities will include use of electronic health records; assembly and analysis of medical records; and reading and interpreting medical records and researching healthcare documentation requirements. $4 materials fee payable at registration. (CSU)

HI 102 C Legal Aspects of Health Care 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Health Information Technology Program

Term hours: 54 lecture. The focus of this course is on the legal and ethical issues affecting health care industry, health care providers, and health information managers. State laws, federal regulations, and case precedents form the basis for class discussion. Topics include tort law, confidentiality, release of protected health information (PHI), informed consent, corporate compliance, patient rights, negligence and medical malpractice, contract and labor law, and medical staff organization. Special emphasis is placed on the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules and measures to safeguard against disclosure of PHI. (CSU)

HI 103 C Healthcare Data Analysis 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HI 101 C and MATH 120 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course focuses on the collection, presentation and analysis of healthcare data that forms the basis for administrative and clinical decision-making. The use of data in clinical research, vital statistics and population health will be discussed. Laboratory activities will focus on development of skills in calculating and displaying data electronically and interpreting healthcare data. The role of the certified health data analyst in acquiring, managing, analyzing, interpreting and transforming data into accurate, consistent, and timely information will be stressed. Data reliability and validity are emphasized. (CSU)

HI 114 C  Beginning ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 210 C, HI 101 C and HS 145 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers the principles of nomenclature and classification systems and includes ICD 10-CM and ICD 10-PCS. The focus is on coding and abstracting diagnostic and procedural data needed for clinical and administrative decision-making, financial reimbursement and research. (CSU)

HI 203 C Medical Quality Management 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HI 101 C, HI 103 C and HS 145 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture. This course is an introduction to the principles of the quality management and performance improvement process in health care and provides a framework for gaining skills in collecting, analyzing and presenting data. Course content includes an introduction to quality management techniques and tools, patient safety, hospital and ambulatory accreditation requirements, utilization and risk management. Activities focus on the use of quality improvement tools to collect and present quality management data. (CSU)

HI 204 C Beginning Coding 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HI 101 C and HS 145 C and BIOL 210, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers the principles of nomenclature and classification systems emphasizes ICD-9-CM, ICD 10-CM and ICD 10-PCS. The focus is on coding and abstracting diagnostic and procedural data needed for clinical and administrative decision making, financial reimbursement and research. (CSU)

HI 214 C CPT/Ambulatory Care Coding 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HI 114 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course focuses on the principles and mechanics of coding procedures according to Current Procedural Terminology and its relationship to the Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). The course will address the requirements for diagnostic and procedure coding in ambulatory care including hospital outpatient, outpatient surgery and physician office as well as the relationship to outpatient reimbursement methodologies. In the laboratory, students will solve coding problems using operative reports and encoding software. (CSU)

HI 220 C  Advanced ICD-9-CM Coding 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HI 204 C and HS 147 C, with a grade of C or better

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers advanced concepts in ICD-9-CM/ICD-10CM and ICD-10-PCS and its application in the prospective payment system are discussed. Lecture will focus on the structure of the Medicare-Severity diagnostic related groups; interpretation of laboratory and radiologic findings; basic pharmacology; and Coding Clinic guidelines. Laboratory activities will include coding actual medical records related to the most common diagnostic related groups using automated encoders. $3.00 Materials Fee-Payable at Registration. (CSU)

HI 224 C  Advanced ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HI 114 C and HS 147 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers advanced concepts in ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-PCS and its application to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system are discussed. Lecture will focus on the structure of the Medicare-Severity diagnostic related groups; interpretation of laboratory and radiologic findings; pharmacology; and Official Coding Clinic guidelines. Laboratory activities will include coding medical records of the most common diagnostic related groups using automated encoders. $4 materials fee payable at registration. (CSU)

HI 225 C Information Technology 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CIS 111 C and HI 101 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course explores information and communication technologies used to deliver and document health care that facilitate interoperable health information exchange between and among health care providers. Emphasis is on the implementation of certified electronic health records by hospitals and physicians and how organizations meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services meaningful use criteria. Discussions focus on personal health records, patient portals, telemedicine, e-prescribing, clinical decision support systems and networking technologies that store, protect, retrieve, and transfer clinical, administrative, and financial information within health care settings. Lab activities center on using electronic health records software; creating and analyzing data in Excel spreadsheets; creating and querying Microsoft Access databases; using Visio and Microsoft Project scheduling tools and evaluating personal health record applications. (CSU)

HI 230 C Directed Practice I 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HI 101 C and HI 102 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 18 lecture and 108 laboratory. This course investigates the structure and organization of the health information management function in healthcare agencies. This course focuses on the development of HIM roles as trainers and patient advocates throughout the healthcare delivery system. Students are assigned to an affiliated health-related agency for supervised directed practice. Students shall have the status of learner and shall not be considered agency employees, nor shall they replace agency staff. Directed practice is conducted as an unpaid, laboratory experience. Directed practice emphasizes working with electronic health record systems and analyzing data in healthcare agencies. (CSU)

HI 240 C Directed Practice II 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): HI 103 C and HI 114 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 108 laboratory. This course will focus on the basic principles of management; supervision of human resources in order to develop effective skills in leadership, motivation and team-building techniques; project management and marketing health information management services. Discussions focus on directed practice activities which emphasize the collection, analysis and presentation of health care data; quality improvement functions; coding and abstracting; and review for the RHIT credentialing exam. During the semester, students are assigned to an affiliated health-related agency for supervised directed practice. Students shall have the status of learner and shall not be considered agency employees, nor shall they replace agency staff. Directed practice is conducted as a unpaid, laboratory experience. (CSU)

HI 245 C Coding Skills Lab 1-2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HI 114 C with a grade of C or better.

Advisory: Employed as a health information coder in a health care agency.

Term hours: 54-108 laboratory depending on units attempting. The focus of this course is one of assisting the students in the development of coding skills and the application of those skills to different types of medical records. Students will code inpatient, emergency department, outpatient surgery, and referred outpatient medical records using ICD-10-CM, ICD 10-PCS, CPT and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). The process of interpreting medical record information, choosing the required coding classification and assigning and sequencing codes correctly will be addressed. This course will provide an opportunity for students in the Health Information Technology and Health Information Coding Specialist Programs to demonstrate competencies required for completion of each program. Computer assisted instruction and automated encoders will be used within the course. This course may also be taken to update coding skills. Course may be taken four times for credit. $4 materials fee payable at registration. Open Entry/Open Exit. Pass/No Pass option only. (CSU)

HI 299 C HI Tech Independent Study 0.5-2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Approved Independent Study Learning Contract

Term hours: 9-36 lecture depending on units attempted. This course is designed for students enrolled in the Health Information Technology program or its options who wish to increase their knowledge and experience in applied areas. Students will participate in independent study in assigned areas under staff supervision. May be taken for credit 4 times. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

Health Information Technology

A student who completes the Health Information Technology program will be able to:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform entry level functions in health information management technology.
  • Attain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass entry level HIM certification examinations, especially the Registered Health Information Technician examination.
  • Obtain the skills in order to apply for HIM-related positions or be enrolled in an advanced degree program after completion of the program.